Hong Kong closed its airport for several hours Monday because protesters were thronging the terminals in protest of the People’s Republic of China’s Hong Kong—Carrie Lam—government’s attack on the “semi-autonomy” of the city, and of the police’s growing violence against what have been fundamentally peaceful protests over the last several weeks. The movement into the airport is a recent development of these peaceful protests.
Then Lam’s Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said this regarding the protests at the airport:
[P]eople should cherish the future of Hong Kong, which is the collective hard work of everyone over many years.
That’s exactly right, although not in the way Cheung meant. The Hong Kong people do cherish the future of their city and environs. That’s why they’re in the streets, and now the airport, protesting an overweening government that’s so plainly in the hands of the PRC’s autocrat President Xi Jinping.
Their city most assuredly is the outcome of the result of the work of all those people, effort expended over so very many years.
Their city most assuredly is very much at risk at the hands of that misbehaving government.